User Reviews for Vraylar to treat Schizophrenia
Vraylar has an average rating of 6.1 out of 10 from a total of 48 ratings for the treatment of Schizophrenia. 56% of reviewers reported a positive effect, while 38% reported a negative effect.
“Vraylar literally helped me to turn my whole life around. I have been on it for 2 years now. It was a rough adjustment, to say the least. However, after finally getting on the right dosage (4.5 mg) and addressing the insomnia it caused (with 400mg Seraquel), I am on top of the world. I was always high-functioning, but never able to fully recover for the duration of the time I was on Zyprexa and Haldol. I have fully recovered! I am now on track to finish my degree. I won’t elaborate with my restrained euphoria and uncharacteristically un-paranoid and sane outlook on life and this drug. I wish everyone had this experience with VRAYLAR. Best to all.”
“I have a strange relationship with this med. I switched from zyprexa to vraylar. For some months I had horrible insomnia and muscle pain (at that time I got prescribed seroquel xr and imovane for sleep and against agitation), but somehow I kept going. I told myself it had to be worth it. It was quite an unpleasent experience but somehow it got me out of my „blockade“. For me it’s the first medication that really not only sustained me but changed something deep inside of me – but it came at a price. Now I’m really better and hope it stays that way.”
“I have schizoaffective disorder and Vraylar has been a life saving drug for me. I take 6mg and I am full of energy but not too bad where I feel like I’m getting manic. I’m not depressed. I don’t hear voices or see shadows anymore. It’s a good drug for me”
“I have schizoaffective and have been on this medicine almost 1 month.This medicine has really helped with voices (After about 2 weeks) and hallucinations.It has also helped my motivation and mood. I too have had to use my klonopin very infrequently while on Vraylar. I have tried almost all the antipsychotics and all have made me gain weight. This one I am actually losing about 1 pound a week with eating a healthy diet and exercising. I'm glad I continued to look for the right medicine because I have been without and I know how that ends up. It is really expensive but you can ask for samples then if it works for you, they do have a card that makes it 15.00 per month. Good luck.”
“I was prescribed 3.5 mg of Vraylar and gained 67 lb very, very fast. I did not gain anything when I was on fewer mg. I was also talking to people that I normally would not talk to in person and online. When I stopped Vraylar I was shocked at the people that I had been communicating with. I did find that on this medication it was easier to fall asleep. Vraylar is a serious medication and should not be taken unless absolutely necessary.”
“I’ve been on 1.5mg Vraylar for about ten days. I switched from Seroquel to this. The first 3 days were sort of dicey and since they’re a lot different I did have some Seroquel withdrawal feelings. But by 5 days, and for the last 5 days, I feel really good. I have taken Kratom long-term to deal with negative depressive symptoms of schizoeffective disorder, and the Vraylar has greatly lowered the extent to which I am dependent on Kratom. What I mean is now, I don’t feel super lousy between Kratom doses, and I think it is because Vraylar is boosting dopamine in areas where I had deficit in the brain. I was going to have to go on Vyvanse because of ADHD and other obvious symptoms of dopamine deficiency… but we were able to postpone that because Vraylar is making me just feel decent, and calm. I’m also losing weight and have more energy. I think this is a great medication, but it takes several days to take full effect.”
“My son switched from Risperidone to Vraylar, and it was a terrific decision. He has no positive symptoms on 1.5 mg of the Vraylar, and he feels much more clear-minded and motivated than previously. He has been able to recommence his college classes and generally reclaim more of his true personality. Occasionally, he experiences akathisia, in which case he takes a day off of medication with no ill effects that we have seen. I give high praise to the scientists behind this medication. The fact that it works in selective and adaptive ways in regulating dopamine is a tremendous advantage. The Risperidone left my son feeling disabled, whereas the Vraylar has facilitated a positive and dramatic turnaround.”
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“I have been using lamictal for years. Recently my Dr added vraylar and I won't lie the first couple days were horrible!!! I got so sick but I pushed through and the results have been amazing and I've had only taken it a week. I am diabetic and haven't had high blood sugar, no wait gain although I was sooo hungry the for the first couple days. If you can push through the side effects I highly recommend this medicine. I feel alive again I have energy and just look forward to life. Also the voices and visions have stopped”
“I just reached the 2 month mark, I’ve gained about 10lbs (not sure if it’s from the medicine or not but I never have trouble with maintaining my usual 110lbs until now.) i also have mild akathisia induced by the medicine so I’m thinking about changing it. I don’t have terrible hallucinations and delusions anymore which is good, but I still hear voices in which keep me up at night; I guess the medicine needs more time to fully work.”
“I have schizoaffective disorder bipolar type this medicine is a wonder drug it has helped with seeing things and voices. Its also helped with the negative symptoms of schizophrenia too. Now for my bipolar its helped stabalize my moods and i am nowhere near depressessed anymore.I have had no side effects at all as well my weight has been the same without diet and exercise too”
“I took this medication Vraylar for around two months and had to stop taking it because I could not sleep at night and I couldn’t sit still for any longer than 30 minutes. Continuous feeling of crawling out of my skin. I was on 3mg. This medication also gave me a permanent head twitch that is super obnoxious, so I can’t imagine what else it would have done if I was on it longer. However, for my hallucinations and my mood, it was a lifesaver. My speech improved as well as my attitude. I felt like I could finally breathe. I was only seeing blotches of color which was pleasant for me compared to my very vivid hallucinations. Such a shame the physical symptoms are too unbearable otherwise this would have been spectacular.”
“I have major depression with psychotic features. Or at least that's what they say. Antidepressants never worked for me and had awful side effects. Antipsychotics worked better, but the older ones made me too sleepy, Abilify gave me ADD-like symptoms. Latuda was pretty good, no cognition-affecting side effects, but it did sometimes give me bouts of annoying nausea. I heard Vraylar was good at improving the negative symptoms of schizophrenia, which were very similar to the effects of depression in me, so I wondered if Vraylar would work for me too. I've been on it for about a month now, just titrated up from 1.5 to 3 mg. I feel "brighter." More animated, more social. No side effects for me at all. I like it.”
“I've been taking Vraylar for schizophrenia for over 6 months. It has been the best anti-psychotic to date for me. The only downside is I still experience weight gain. I'm looking to continue this drug until a better one comes out. I've been stabilized and happy for the first time since my illness started 6 years ago.”
“vraylar did nothing to stop the voices from my schizoaffective disorder. Ativan and Klonopin and valium works better at stopping the voices. I would get off the vraylar and find a doctor or someone else that prescribes benzodiazepines like the ones I listed in the second sentence. If you want your voices to be gone get on a benzodiazepine immediately. It relaxes your mind and sometimes produces a euphoria. I have schizoaffective disorder”
“Hello to all I have never done comment. But today I want to share my experience with vraylar. I was taking this a year ago, at that time it helped me a little but my normal weight was 140 pounds and after taking the medicine I got to this at 175 pounds. I was very scared and not being mentally well I had to take it. But then I also started getting other side effects my body and my hands began to get wiggle movements which was a very horrible experience. I started reducing my dose down taking it alternate days until I stopped it. I recovered my normal weight 2 months ago. I am fine now and I am not taking more vraylar. I recommend you if you are taking this medicine before leaving the doctor room ask about the side effects. And besides I did not know the side effects of this medicine, if you are going to start taking it for the first time check the side effects of this medicine.”
“I was taking abilify and it caused uncontrollable gambling. I then switched to Vraylar. It hardly helped the symptoms of schizophrenia and it actually worsened my gambling problems. I started stealing money and it wrecked everything I had. I am now about to start Seroquel and discontinue Vraylar. We will see if the gambling subsides. I was on invega and never have I went as hard at the gambling as had when I was on abilify and then vraylar. The voices remained the same, they actually got a little worse while taking Vraylar by the way.”
“My sister had been on clozapine for 11 years! She was doing great; showering on her own, changing her own clothes (for those that know people with schizophrenia then you these are major tasks in of themselves) she was even volunteering, working out and DRIVING! Just last week her doctor, whom we have grown to love and depend on, told her about Vraylar.Of course SHE wanted to try it.Sure she still had the voices in her head but they were quieter and she could always tell the difference between her world and reality. After 3 days on Vraylar she went full blown maniac! Throwing things,yelling at us in tongues ,hitting and kicking us. We finally got her to the ER and got the Clozapine back in her system and the Vraylar out.She's still in CCU.”
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“Well, Vraylar was another attempt at treating my auditory hallucinations. I’ve tried a lot of different meds and Vraylar seemed to be the best one I’ve tried so far. I had minimal side effects (some weight gain, sweating) but after a few years it seems my body has built a tolerance to it. I’m at the point where my current dose isn’t enough anymore but the next higher dose causes extreme side effects. I guess it’s time for another new medication.”
“Worst medication I’ve ever tried. Did not help with hallucinations/delusions, and I actually had more hallucinations while taking the drug. I was completely zonked out to the point where I could barely move/get out of bed. Also, I have a history of seizures and I had a few dangerous seizures that could’ve put my life in jeopardy. If this works for you then great, but I had such an awful experience with it that I can not recommend it to anyone.”
“I feel like my old self! I am doing creative things like bead work and enjoy learning again, like studying Spanish. Getting things done around the house. I have been stable on Geodon for 16 years, but was having dyskenesia My only problem with Vraylar is the horrible insomnia. I am wondering if it will get better. A bit of nausea, but need to eat well is all. Overall I am grateful for it. Latest Review*** I have to go back to Geodon. A bit of anxiety with the Vraylar but wake up with a headache everyday for 2 months.”
“People who experience insomnia on this medication have to take it at night time. That’s how I switch the time I take it depending on the drug. I switched from abilify in the morning to Vraylar at night. I have no side effects and will see if I can lose weight on it. Abilify was terrible at gaining weight.”
“This review is for my mother she has been schizophrenic for several years and all different medications none of them helped including Latuda and Risperdal she felt those made her symptoms worse but since she has been on this new medication she feels she is no longer sick we can all tell a big difference in her and she has been perfectly fine for the longest time she loves this medication she feels like herself again for once with no side effects”
“The medication did take away the hallucinations but I have become anxious, I get leg cramps, weight gain, severe neck and headaches fatigue that are so bad. I’ve been on 17 days I’m definitely getting off Vraylar”
“I am taking this medication in combination with latuda for schizoaffective disorder. I have previously tried so many medications of the antipsychotic and antidepressant classes without much success due to intolerable side effects and ineffectiveness. This is the best thing I have ever tried as far as mood improvement and cognitive enhancing effects. I have tried this medication alone in the past and it caused insomnia, and wasn't effective for psychosis at the 3 mg dose. In combination with latuda, this is not a problem. As of writing this review, I am at week 1.5, and it is really starting to kick in, feeling a bit better each day. Never give up. Current medications are (daily); Latuda 60 mg Vraylar 3 mg Gabapentin 1500 mg Trihexyphenidyl 5 mg Fluoxetine 2.5 mg Divalproex 1000 mg”
“Started taking Vraylar a year ago and I'm now on 6mg per day. I have to say it makes me feel like myself for the first time in years. I didn't gain much weight between 4-5 lbs, but tradeoff was so worth it. To be able to start school again and to be able to live my life again without the delusions and visions. It has also helped with my bipolar symptoms like the mania and depressive episodes.”
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